You are worth it

Lately, I have let my blogging slide due to my business being busier. However, that hasn’t been sitting well with me and I have been wanting to get back to blogging again. At the end of the day, I love connecting with people and talking about all things health, fitness, family, business and lifestyle.

So I thought my first post back should be to reiterate what is the sole purpose and driving force of my business, FitM.U.M (My Ultimate Motivation), and that is to help you prioritise your own health, fitness and happiness! This is my ‘Why’ and it motivates and inspires me every day.

My number one message for you today is:

Learn to put yourself first. Learn to value your health and fitness…..Whatever it takes, you are totally worth it. Stop feeling guilty, stop self sabotaging, stop comparing yourself to others and definitely stop making excuses!

Instead, make sure you try and do the following things every day:
✔️Eat wholesome food that nourishes and fuels your body
✔️Move your body, have fun and enjoy being active
✔️Treat your body and mind with love and respect…. if you don’t love or respect yourself, how can you expect other people to?

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I am so happy to be back blogging and reconnecting with YOU! I have set big goals and have promised big things in 2017 and I am determined to make them happen and I hope to continue to help you on your own fitness journey!

Kel xx

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FitMUM of the Month Transformation

I love a transformation story and this is a great one……

For those that don’t receive our FitM.U.M & IronDAD monthly newsletter (which you can sign up for here), I am featuring a FitM.U.M of the month in each edition. I would love to introduce you to this months FitM.U.M Emma. Please read her story as I believe it will resonate with others and hopefully inspire you. It has taken a lot for Emma to put herself out there, this is a big part of her journey and I am so proud of how far she has come!! Please show her the respect, encouragement and FitMummy love that she absolutely deserves! Let’s hear from Emma about her health and fitness journey so far….

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“My name is Emma and I have been training with Kelly for about 3 months now. As a mum to two young girls (3yo and 1yo) I found myself to be in a bit of a rut while on my last lot of maternity leave. I was lacking energy and in turn lacking motivation to do any exercise and was eating pretty poorly. I was also struggling to accept my post pregnancy body which resulted in a degree of social anxiety and isolation. After realising I needed to do something for myself I treated myself to a bit of a shopping spree and commenced training with Kelly. I started with two PT sessions a week, where I was put through my paces, constantly challenged by Kelly and supported by my 1yo daughter! After two months I returned to work (as a school teacher) and have cut back to 1 PT session a week, with the aim to also get to 1 group class a week. Kelly also encouraged me to join the FitM.U.M 12 Week Challenge, which I did and it has helped keep me accountable.

Reflecting upon the last 3 months, I’m amazed and very proud of the changes I have seen in myself. Obviously with the amount of training I have been doing the physical benefits have been many. I have lost some weight, feel stronger and more importantly have much more energy to get through each day (which is vital at times when running on limited sleep). Kelly has also helped me assess and modify my eating habits. I’m now more aware of what I am and should be eating and can honestly say I feel much better for it. However for me the most important changes I have experienced are the psychological ones. I am much more pleasant to be around, have a lot more confidence in myself and am far more patient with my loved ones. Kelly has taught me the importance of looking after myself and not feeling guilty about it, making small achievable changes so as to not set myself up for failure and to enjoy the challenge of training (which I do…..most of the time)”

 

I love nothing more than seeing my FitMummies become happier, healthier and prioritising their health and fitness! It is the most rewarding part of what I do and I will never get tired of it. I hope you loved reading Emma’s story and maybe it resonated with you or gave you a little spark of motivation and inspiration to start your journey or to keep going…. you are most definitely worth it!

Kel xx

Don’t give up on yourself – small steps can have the biggest impact

 

This is information I think lots of women need to hear…… I work on a lot of mindset issues with my clients. It is as important as the physical training and if you can get your body and mind in the best possible shape you will be much happier and more likely to continue reaching your goals. In early May I launched my very first FitM.U.M 12 week online fitness challenge. It started from talking to my clients who always dread winter weight gain and feeling sluggish and unhealthy. They were actually just expecting that it was going to happen every year and all the hard work that they had put in and the results they had achieved over summer would be undone and so continued the cycle, year in and year out. I started to hear this more and more and realised how common it was. I loved the idea of starting a group/community to help keep people accountable in the lead up to winter. I put the call out to gauge interest and I was blown away with the interest and knew it was something I had to do. That was when my 12 week pre-winter accountability challenge was born. We are now just over half way through this challenge and everyone is doing great and have really encouraged each other to stay on track. The thing I have noticed the most during this challenge is that everyone goes through the same feelings. It is never easy for anyone and at different times we will all experience low motivation and ‘fall off the wagon’. If you are reading this and are currently feeling this way then it is important to know that you are certainly not alone and it does not mean the end of your journey. Perhaps you are not currently feeling this way, which is awesome, but I bet you can think of a time that you have felt this way.

No matter how good your intentions are when you set your goals and begin your health and fitness journey, there will more than likely come a time that you will start to feel a slump in motivation and the initial enthusiasm can seem to wear off and it starts to feel a bit ‘too hard’. This is the time that you need to refocus and remember the reasons why you started. How did you feel before you decided to commit to working on yourself and your health and wellness? What are your goals? What is your motivation? If you are feeling like it is becoming harder to maintain everything, you need to break down your goals again and go back to basics. I tell all of my clients that it is important to choose one main area to focus on and take small steps. You need to crawl before you can run and often things get overwhelming when you try and do too much and the slightest hiccup will get you off track.

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Instead of trying to have the cleanest diet in the world (which can become overwhelming and hard to maintain when life gets stressful and busy) you should choose one main area of your diet that you feel needs some work (eg. reducing processed carbohydrates, cutting out soft drink, decreasing added artificial sugars etc). Stick with that until you feel like you have got it under control and then add a new mini goal. Small goals which you can achieve and continue to maintain. Do not try to change your entire lifestyle in a few weeks because if it gets hard you are more likely to throw in the towel and let go off all of the progress you have already made. Take a deep breath, reassess where you are at and how far you have come and just simply start again.

There is a big difference between a set back and failure!!

➕Slip ups, distractions, busyness, eating the wrong foods, lack of motivation, particularly bad period week, not exercising for a few days, injuries…. They are all just setbacks and are overcome the minute you decide to put your head down and bum up and get going again!! They do not define your long term goal.

✖The only failure is if you decide that your health, fitness & wellbeing was not worth the effort and you quit completely!! 
You have all come to far to let that happen! Do not give up on yourself……You are capable of more than you know ~ Believe in yourself!

Kel xx

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IRONDAD… The fitness fanatic balancing act!

Jason or IronDAD (as he is affectionately known on my page), is my amazing Partner and is incredibly dedicated to his fitness and triathlon training (as well as his family). He is currently 25 days out from competing in his third full Ironman Triathlon in Cairns on 14th June 2015. Jason also works in the Fitness Industry and is completing his Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology). He is often asked how he fits it all in. I thought it would be good to hear from him on FitM.U.M about how to find the right balance and fit in everything that is important to YOU.  He will offer a different perspective and to show that no matter how busy you are you can definitely have fitness goals and ambitions and work bloody hard to achieve them.  

Melbourne Ironman 2014

Melbourne Ironman 2014

I AM AN IRONMAN DAD:

                -FAMILY WITH 2 KIDS (8yr old & 10 month old)

                -WORK 38+ HOURS PER WEEK and STUDY (UNI) PART TIME

                -TRAIN 10-18 HOURS PER WEEK

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Glenelg Olympic Distance Triathlon 2015

IRONMAN Training is very demanding not only physically and mentally but also on family and work life. I recently became a Dad again and nothing has changed drastically. I am busier, I am trying to find the time but I have a goal and am very focused on hitting the goal, QUALIFY FOR KONA (the epitome of Ironman/Triathlon – to Race in Hawaii)!!!. My number one motivator though, is my Family. Kel is the most supporting wife anyone could ask for, I know she would prefer me home most of the time but she is also committed to my goal and that means a lot to me and also means I am accountable to another person. She always manages to add some questions and encouragement after a session; Have you done enough? What about the Run? Did you give it your all? You need to go faster!…

Finding the right balance is tough, but you need to really sit down and plan out a normal day and be honest with yourself. Everyone can fit in 30 minutes a day somewhere, and it is all about making the most of the time you have and prioritising. When people say Ironman, we mean a 3.8km swim followed by a 180km ride and finishing with a 42.2km run (YES, THIS IS A MARATHON). People think you’re crazy, you need to train 20-30 hours a week to complete it. If I was a pro and this was how I made my living then yes. But I’m not Pro, I don’t train anywhere near that. My training will vary between 10-18 hours a week depending where I am at with my training plan and what I am focussing on. I have lots of friends that train for an ironman on 10-12 hours max a week and complete it in under 13 hours. The key is to have a PURPOSE to each session. If you have 30 minutes for a bike trainer or rpm session you make sure that you are hitting Heart Rate targets, maximum effort, or if it is for recovery each session has a purpose for doing it. If there is no purpose it is a waste of time. It is all about being effective and efficient!

 Tracking workouts gives you very important information, hours trained, speeds, distance covered, Heart rates and writing down exactly what you did each session. This allows you to see how you are going week to week and to see improvements in times/distances/heart rates. This is something that I not only do for myself but also for other people to help them get the most out of their training for their personal/specific goals. Please get in contact with us if this is something you are interested in or would like further information on. You will get the best results from having a clear and specific goal, training plan and recording information. 

 KEY THINGS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR TRAINING ARE:

          HAVING A PURPOSE/GOAL (Long Term Goal, Short Term Goal & Session Goal

          TRACKING & PLANNING

          MAKING IT A PART OF YOUR LIFE

          REMEMBER YOU HAVE 168 HOURS IN A WEEK, DECIDE HOW YOU WANT TO SPEND ALL THOSE HOURS

Get out there and TRAIN!

FitM.U.M & IronDAD xx

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A FitMUM’s busy week… if you can’t find the time, make the time!

It’s no secret that there is a lot to fit into a week, especially for mummies. I am lucky enough to currently be on maternity leave (bubs is now 4 months old) but some weeks I still struggle to fit everything in to a week. It’s crazy! This week was quite a busy one for us so I thought I would use it as an example and elaborate on how I make time (even if it’s only a small amount of time) for myself and to make sure I fit some form of exercise in every day.

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Like a lot of you, it was back to school for my eldest daughter this week after a busy and fun filled holidays and it was immunisations for my youngest. Irondad is in training for a short course duathlon on Sunday which he has set a pretty high expectations and goals for himself (EDITED post race to say that he smashed it by the way but that’s a different story!). We’ve had plenty of appointments, visits and of course all the household jobs that don’t do themselves as much as we’d like them too. So at the beginning of the week I knew I would have to work hard to fit in my exercise and not use any of that as an excuse to let it slide. It is easy to say “stuff it, I’ll just skip it today” but that can lead to the next day and the next day and before you know it you’ve changed your habits again. That is self-sabotage, try hard not to head down that path. Keep your motivation high and remind yourself of your goals. I am constantly reassessing my short term and long term goals to help me stay focussed and always have something to work towards. I do this in life and in fitness and I find that it really helps me stay motivated, accountable and achieve things.

My week from Sunday to Sunday included 7 runs (1 treadmill interval training run and 6 road runs) ranging from 4km – 7.5km, 3 x HIIT sessions, 1 Gym session and stretching and foam rolling (my old muscles can get a bit sore after running and foam rolling is perfect for easing those knots in your muscles).

Even on the days where I think it is going to be hard to fit it in, I find opportunity when I can and try my best to make it happen. Two good examples of this which I had to do this week were:

* Thursday my little one had her immunistations late in the afternoon and I hadn’t had a chance to do anything beforehand. That night we were having dinner at my parent’s house (they have a treadmill) and I didn’t want to be too far away from bubs, so going out for a run was out of the question as was the gym. I planned to get to my Parent’s house a bit early, got baby to sleep and did a 40 min interval session on their treadmill. It was actually a great sessions because it broke up my running week and provided intervals and heart rate training that I wouldn’t otherwise get on a road run. I was sweating hard, burnt mega calories and it gave my dodgy knee a bit of a rest from the road * all boxes ticked*.

* Friday I had a full on day so once Irondad got home we decided to do our weekly food shopping as we knew we had a busy weekend and wouldn’t get it done. Never one to miss an opportunity, once we had loaded everything into the car, including the children, off they went home with Dad and I ran home from the Supermarket. It is only 4.5km to our house but at least I fit it in, otherwise it just wasn’t going to happen. Do you know, the bonus of this is that by the time I got home all the shopping was put away too. I also did a quick 10 minute HIIT session out the back when I got home to finish the session off. I am usually dressed in my workout gear, you never know when you can improvise and squeeze in a quick run when you are out and about.

As you can see it is not rocket science and if I can fit these little exercise sessions in, hopefully you can too. Sometimes you just need to think outside the box and use 20 minutes when you can grab it. The shorter the timeframe, the harder you should push yourself! It all counts. I am just an average mum like everyone else, who’s time is in demand but all I do is make sure I plan and prioritise so that I don’t miss out! I am so thankful I have such a supportive family too.

If you have to go somewhere as a family on the weekend make sure you wear your workout gear (or at least have it with you in the car along with a hat and suncream and earphones if you like to run with music – be prepared and you can’t go wrong) and get dropped off on the way home and run there. Make sure you pick a distance you know you can comfortably run and increase it each time. I’ve actually lost count of the number of times I have done this. Sometimes the family even pace me in the car and drive along side me for part of the run. My 7 year old loves yelling out the window to encourage me.

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If you can’t find the time, make the time!

I have done previous posts about the importance of planning and having a goal, read here https://fitmumblog.com/2014/09/29/good-choices-planning-a-goal-results/ it’s the only way to get things done. So, even a busy week can be just as productive, it’s what you do with your time that counts. The choice is YOURS.

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Good Choices, Planning & A Goal = RESULTS!!

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Do I proclaim to be the fittest person going around… No I absolutely do not! I am not a 20 something gym junkie, I am a 30 something mother of two who leads a very busy life. What I do proclaim is that I ensure I live a healthy lifestyle, keep active, eat well and be a good role model for my children. After all, we are shaping our children’s lives and they are watching us every single day. I have had many people tell me this is why I am ‘relatable’. I am not trying to be the next figure model but I am determined to be the best version of me I can be and I am learning so much in the process!

My Babies

My Babies

Of course, I like the odd indulgence, who doesn’t? I wouldn’t be being honest if I said I didn’t. I strongly believe that you shouldn’t deny yourself of things, but you should take responsibility and control of what you are consuming and understand the effects it has on your body. I love to socialise and have a good time with friends and family and I lead a ‘normal’ life, but I always realise that everything I do is a choice and sometimes I have to use willpower and discipline when making certain choices. It has actually been amazing for my personal development and growth to see how strong I can be. Since being pregnant with my second daughter, I have loved seeing the strength and determination I have found with my exercise and nutrition. One thing I will stress is that you do have to be in the right frame of mind to make it work. You have to be honest with yourself and be prepared for it to be hard work, but I can promise you it will be so rewarding and you will feel so much happier!

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Truth!!

It is a well known fact that it takes 21 days to break old habits and form new ones and you will start seeing awesome results in that short amount of time too! For me, once I made the time for myself to exercise (this does not have to be hours and hours sweating it out at the gym, I will discuss that in a minute) the nutrition part came quite easily because I was feeling so good after exercising that I didn’t want to undo it by eating poorly. It has a roll on effect and BINGO….. that is how you form your new healthy habits.

As I mentioned earlier I am busy like every (super) mum, I also have an Ironman Triathlete hubby who, as well as being extremely dedicated to his family, is also very focused on his own training and reaching his goals so we have to find balance and make that work for us. He has taught me so much about self discipline, training and how much you can do when you are determined. I’ll do a separate story about him another time. Obviously you will also have to find the balance and make it work with your family/work life too, try writing out everyone’s schedules or investing in a family planner/organizer and slot in YOU time. Being busy doesn’t mean you are any less important, or your goals should suffer, it just means you need to work hard on making yourself a priority. I plan my days as much as you can with a 7 year old and a 3 month old. At the moment my preferred form of exercise is running, weights/strength work (at home) and stretching/yoga. I find this easy as I don’t need to go to the gym to get it done.I do quite a bit when my eldest is at school and my littlie is napping or I take her out in the pram. My longer runs I obviously have to wait until hubby is around, something that works for us is he is out on his bike at 6am every Saturday and he gets home around 9ish so I am all ready to go in my running gear and when he gets home I head straight out the door. Sunday he will go for his run first thing and then I go and do a run or a gym class once he is home – Perfect! That way everyone is happy and we are all done and dusted for the day by around 10am.

H.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training) is an effective way to exercise especially if you want to work hard but only have limited time. It is a circuit of high intensity exercises performed non stop for 45 seconds with a short 15 sec rest in between, these can vary in length from 10 mins to maximum of 40 minutes. It really gets the heart rate up and is great for fat burning! Later in the week I will post a tough but short H.I.I.T workout that I do so make sure you are following my Facebook page so you don’t miss out https://www.facebook.com/fitm.u.msa

Here’s what you should do next….

Set a personal goal

Write it down

Plan time for yourself

No excuses. Make it happen!

Take note of your progress, be proud of yourself and Enjoy!

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